Oolong Tea

Oolong Tea: including China and Formosa closed and open styles.

Oolong tea (originally known as Wu-long), meaning black dragon, are partially-oxidised teas generally grown in low altitude areas of Ali Shan in Formosa (Taiwan) and in the high altitude areas of Wuyi Shan in north west Fujian province of China. Our loose oolong tea is light and delicate with an attractive complexity and floral aroma. These teas are picked when the leaves are not too young and are processed immediately after plucking. Oolongs are always whole leaf teas, never broken by rolling. We also have rare loose oolong tea from Assam, Vietnam and Nepal.
Oolong can vary between 20 and 80% oxidation. Therefore they have a character between green teas and black teas. Oolong Tea is picked when the leaves are larger. They have a fresh, sophisticated taste smoother than black teas yet less grassy than green teas. They are best drunk without milk. Low-grown Formosa oolong teas from Ali Shan in Taiwan, are still considered to be the most subtle, being fermented longer than Chinese oolongs (60% compared with about 20%). Small independent gardens produce them in the traditional hand-made way. Make with boiled, slightly cooled water. Formosa also produces Pouchong, a unique oolong variant. In China oolong tea is high-grown, the bushes growing wild amongst the cloud enveloped, rocky limestone crags, the minerals and nutrients giving their teas diverse and unrivalled character. In China’s tea culture Wuyi Shan is known as one of the ‘routes of tea enlightenment’. China produces such specialities as orange blossom oolong tea. We also stock examples of oolong teas produced in Darjeeling and Assam.
OOLONG TEA INSIGHT: Oolong Tea. Character: Complex, light, herbaceous. Definition: semi-oxidised teas. Appearance: burnt umber to deep green. Closed or open leaf styles. From: China and Taiwan (Formosa). Examples from China: Iron Ti Guan Yin Goddess of Mercy, Monkey Picked. Tend to be rolled and greener (less oxidised). Examples from Taiwan: Dong Ding, Jade. Tend to be darker and open or closed leaf styles. Making: Freshly boiled water that has cooled 1 min.

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    China Oolong Teas (9)

    China oolong teas from Fujian Province. Typically greener. China Oolong teas originate from Fujian Province where they have…
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    Formosa Oolong Tea (6)

    Formosa Oolong Tea: slightly more oxidised oolongs from Taiwan. Formosa oolong tea is amongst the best oolong tea (wu-long).…
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    Tanzania Oolong Tea Usambara

    Tanzania Oolong Tea Usambara: complex and richly flavoured. Tea was first cultivated ...

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    Thai Oolong Jing Shuan

    Thai Oolong Jing Shuan

    Thai Oolong Jing Shuan: olive-green closed leaf tea. From the heavily forested ...

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    Vietnam Oolong Imperial

    Vietnam Oolong Imperial

    Vietnam Oolong Imperial: from a great tradition of producing oolongs. For centuries ...

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    Orange Blossom Oolong

    Orange Blossom Oolong

    Orange Blossom Oolong: made with fresh orange blossom flowers. It is the perfect ...

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    Assam Smoked Oolong tea

    Assam Smoked Oolong tea

    Assam Smoked Oolong tea: perfectly smoky & aromatic. Having a big, tippy, ...

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    Oolong Darjeeling Organic

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